This past weekend saw the much anticipated Man of Steel fan event where host Kevin Smith was supposed to ask Zack Snyder questions about Batman vs. Superman but instead kept the conversation strictly about the new Blu-Ray of Man of Steel which dropped this week.
Maybe Smith wasn’t technically supposed to ask Snyder about the new Superman film but it’s what the fans wanted and were disappointed didn’t happen. But despite the skimpy news that we did get from the event, a few things have been confirmed and ironed out.
One of those things was actually a pretty big piece of behind-the-scenes new for Batman vs. Superman as it pertains to the story that will appear onscreen. Snyder said in a DC All Access feature that Frank Miller’s classic graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns will not be the basis for the 2015 film he’s currently making.
“If you were going to do that, you would need a different Superman,” Snyder said to Kevin Smith in the feature. “We’re bringing Batman into the universe that now this Superman lives in.”
This is something that people are rapidly forgetting after news that Ben Affleck was cast as Batman was announced. This is a Superman movie that features Batman, not a Batman/Superman combo movie, although it appears we’re going to get as close to that as possible.
Batman is a supporting character in a movie that technically still has the working title Man of Steel 2, so it makes perfect sense that The Dark Knight Return is not going to influence the film, at least not heavily.